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The Atlanta Falcons clearly aren’t big Mighty Ducks movie fans or they could’ve pulled off the Super Bowl LI win by, yes, flying together.

The field goal attempt was within range to put the game out of reach for the New England Patriots late in the fourth quarter by the Atlanta Falcons, but the offense wasn’t in sync and, consequently, their chances of winning went bye-bye-bye.

Christopher Walken knows what I’m talking about.

New England Patriots 34 – Atlanta Falcons 28 in OT.

Admittedly, Super Bowl LI (51) did not present the greatest slate of commercials. Still, there were a few amusing submissions. The Bai drink ad above, the Budweiser journey and the Mr. Clean commercial with the hilarious twist were quite entertaining. Interestingly though, the shortest ad was arguably the best last night.

The creative team at Amazon Echo, which is essentially Siri for the home, wrote and produced a genuinely sweet moment between a father and daughter watching football. The simplicity and the smile-worthy moment was not only what fans of all ages needed and appreciated, but desperately what the NFL needed and appreciated (ie – ratings decline).

Will there be a Little Giants sequel…?

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

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Some People Never Partied Like It Was 1999

Remarkably similar to fiction…

Watching the Dallas Cowboys take a late fourth quarter lead (8 points, 17-9) in Minnesota against the Vikings instantly made me think of the frustrated home fans. More specifically, the stunned Viking fans instantly made me think of the most famous (albeit pretend) die-hard Vikings fan who was always accustomed to heartbreak as a citizen of Minneapolis.

Some people laugh at characters, situations and goofy storylines in sitcoms as mere foolish fiction with no basis in reality. However, as the clip above proved, TV and film has a strange power of being surprisingly prescient to future events (to varying degrees).

Just ask the Chicago Cubs and the writers of Back to the Future Part II.

Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 17 -15 Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

Happy Monday!

The Bears are coming to town this week, looking to grill Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers had a rough game yesterday against the Dallas Cowboys. At 3-2 (how did this happen?), the Green Bay Packers need a big, bold win. And who better to beat than a hated rival. Enter the Chicago Bears. The Packers will host the Bears this Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

Aaron (or A-A-Ron, depending on your substitute teacher) Rodgers may feel like he’s between a rock and hard place right now. It could be worse…

Perhaps a good laugh will loosen Aaron’s arm and mind for that clash with some rowdy Bears.

And then he has to play that game, of course.

Have a Great Start to the da Week!

Priced Into the NFL Through the ATL

People say, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

According to the Atlanta Falcons, his wallet may be a close second.

“In any fan survey, food and beverage is one of the most important drivers of fan experience and the one that is the most broken,” Cannon said. “It’s either lack of quality, lousy delivery or bloodcurdling pricing.”
–Steve Cannon, AMB Group CEO

To be more specific, a revised menu for Atlanta Falcons games in 2017:

falcon food

(Atlanta Falcons Twitter)

Equate this revolutionary move (yes, food prices are so high at every sports stadium that this can be considered, “revolutionary”) with the installation of state-of-the-art scoreboards and seats. By conceding to the public that the prices across the board for average food and drinks at sporting events are senselessly astronomical, the Atlanta Falcons have put sports programs (collegiate and professional) on immediate notice.

Lower prices or else.

The “or else,” thanks to the Falcons, appears to have been weakened in no small measure. People are increasingly being priced out of the refreshment market at sporting events. Particularly if the lower-priced menu works (quality and revenue), if other venues and teams don’t follow with similar revisions, they will be viewed as unnecessarily greedy. Ticket prices and seating options for the games alone are out of control, not including any special rivalry, tournament or championship.

On a completely unrelated note, have you noticed your friends investing in stunning high-definition TVs and sound systems as opposed to spending the equivalent on a single game to be seen from the rafters? Can’t imagine why this is…

It seems like Mr. Cannon and Co. are attempting to get the pendulum to slowly swing back towards prioritizing and rewarding fans and their experience. Sporting events are supposed to bring us together for fun, memorable moments. If you want to pay extra for special benefits (view, proximity, parking, etc.), that’s one thing. But to pay for the 50-yeard line package at a football game for the bare minimum in terms of quality of seats and the crazy high cost of a small popcorn and a single drink is what infuriates so many sports patrons.

We have to contemplate our bank statements before “investing” in a hamburger.

The Atlanta Falcons are at least trying to ease a little bit of the monetary pain. And while we won’t know the verdict without people paying for and responding to the more affordable menu, the prospect is nonetheless promising as a first step.

$5 for domestic beers still seems quite high. However, that may be an issue of sobriety control as opposed to a cost-benefit analysis.

Falconry does require a clear mind. The falcon can’t be hot-dogging it.

Actually, for two bucks in Atlanta next year, falcons (and its fans) will be able to.